Originally published February 14 2014
Woman's legs make up two-thirds of her body
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) She's been told before, "You're all legs!" She, more than anyone else of course, knows that.
Her name is Brook Banker. She's a 5'11" model. She has 47-inch legs.
In all, her legs make up roughly two-thirds of her body, which is incredible.
"When I was in high school, I would have preferred to be 4-11 rather than 5-11. But my height has helped me to play volleyball at a high level and to make a career out of modeling," she said in an interview with the New York Post.
Other countries have recently attempted to claim that one of their own ladies has the world's longest legs. Russia recently crowned Anastasia Strashevskaya, an 18-year-old law student, as "Miss Longest Legs." Her gams - 42 inches.
Days later, Britain recognized 6'1" British student and model Alexandra Robertson, also with 47-inch legs, as the world's leggiest.
Then both nations discovered Banker.
'I was never the fastest but my height helped'
"I've been around tall girls my whole life with volleyball, so I know my legs are long, but I never thought to enter a contest or get a title," she told the Post. "It's not necessarily what I'd like to be known for. It's just how I was born. I didn't do anything special for it."
The leggy model said others always pushed her to pursue her current profession. But if she had her druthers, she would have stuck to sports.
"I was never the fastest, I never jumped the highest, I was never the strongest, but my height definitely helped. And I always worked hard," she said.
Indeed, that hard work paid off; she was able to earn a spot on her college volleyball team - the elite, national championship-winning Penn State squad, in fact.
Oddly, she was sometimes dwarfed by some of her teammates, even though she had much longer legs than they.
"I was definitely one of the shorter girls on the team," Banker - who earned a bachelor's degree in public relations there - told the Post.
After Penn State, she moved to Los Angeles where she sought out an additional degree in aviation science, with an eye toward becoming an air traffic controller. Instead, she caught the modeling bug.
"One of my best friends was taking up photography, so we started shooting," she said, adding that she was quickly cast by her friend's classmates for projects. "I decided to move back to New York in 2010 and give modeling a shot."
And a shot she got. It wasn't long before she signed with the Monarch Agency, whose CEO was quite impressed with her lengthy legs.
"She definitely has the longest legs of any model that I've worked with," agency head Catherine Smith told the Post. "She's the newest talent who we're excited about. She's super-sweet, professional, beautiful, and did I mention those amazing legs?"
That said, her gams aren't easy to shop for; she can't just walk into a shop and buy pants that fit.
It's a length thing.
'I don't gain weight too easily'
"I'm big into boots, sneakers, sandals. I generally only wear heels if I'm getting paid," she said.
As to her diet, she says she's not fanatical about it but admits chocolate is a guilty pleasure.
"I eat mostly vegan, but I'm not strict. I didn't like chocolate growing up, but I recently rediscovered it and eat it at least three times a day," she said.
But with the help of yoga and spin classes, she's more than able to keep her weight down.
"With my height, I am lucky. I don't gain weight too easily or noticeably, but I also don't gain good weight easily. I know people will say, 'Spare me,' but if I try to get my legs a little thicker, it's hard for me," she said.
As for the world's longest female legs, that honor goes to Svetlana Pankratova of Russia; her gams measured 51.9 inches in Torremolinos, Spain, in July 2008.
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